Leeds Log Day 730

On my first day in Leeds I wrote on Facebook; “Leeds log day 1 – it’s all good”. This time last year, on the first anniversary of my move I wrote a blog post with my top tips for moving to a new city on your own https://inaflowerdress.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/when-i-first-came-here/ Today I thought I’d share a brief year two…

16 minutes and counting

I recently watched a film in which the central female character is a runner. In the film she is involved in a high profile and stressful trial and she goes running late at night through London as she tries to cope with the strains and pressures of the days in court. This is a minor…

The start of a love affair

I felt fabulously and nervously far away from home when my friend and I stepped off the train in Montpellier, in the south of France for a week’s holiday and saw palm trees. This blog post is a mixture of holiday snaps, thoughts about Montpellier, and some idle visiting tips. A visit to the south…

“Sometimes it catches when the fumes rise up”

“Sometimes it catches when the fumes rise up” I love the capacity poetry has to capture a feeling or experience. To pierce through uncertainty, confusion, joy or difficulty. To provide absolute clarity even if just for a moment. “among the throbbing lights of cars,” I have discovered a new poetry anthology; ‘The Poetry Pharmacy’, and…

My reading this week – a mini break special

I am going to start posting about my recent reading…and I am starting with my reading during my mini break to Ireland (see last post) and the long bank holiday. First up – ‘Abortion Wars’ by Judith Orr published in 2017 by Policy Press. This is a fantastic book and for anyone wanting to be…

‘Yes / Tá’

When I decided I needed a break and to fly solo for the first time, I plumped for Dublin and then decided to extend it with visits to Drogheda and Belfast too. It took me a couple of days to realise that I had booked the trip for the days of the referendum in Ireland…

“as time goes by”

I want to do some writing about music so I writing about some of my favourite lyrics…I have a playlist with some of them in called ‘1973’. They don’t always come from artists or even songs I like! However, let’s go… ‘By The Way’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers: The opening lyric to this track I…

My tips for new vegetarians

Have you had a mega chocolate binge over the Easter weekend? Thinking about a heath kick? Maybe trying vegetarianism? I am not qualified to speak on vegetarianism with authority, however I have been vegetarian for most of my life so I am offering some of my top tips for anyone planning to try out becoming a…

An ornament

I am not really one for ornaments. As discussed in a recent blog post I have moved around a lot recently and my possessions have reduced in number (aside from lunch boxes, clothes, books and Nivea face products). But there is one non utilitarian item that persists… A hinge. I have had it for a…

In defence of house shares

House shares get a bad press. It is easy to find blog posts and articles on line with details of house share horror stories featuring awful, disgusting and bizarre behaviour. I am shortly going to be moving into my sixth shared home in a bit over five years (eighth if you include the one month…